Though a Princeton graduate, Christopher finds himself disgusted with the rat race, so three years after graduation he's perfectly content driving a cab in Manhattan. He insults his obnoxious passengers and acts out his various frustrations by kicking pigeons in the park. Of course, such a
rebellious type naturally has an assortment of oddball friends. Christopher's cohorts include Walden, a leather-outfitted, 24-year-old virgin motorcyclist; Link, a gay interior decorator who comes on to male guests at the parties he throws; and O'Hara, Christopher's neighbor, a middle-class young
woman whose experiment in "finding herself" is being financed by none other than her parents. While at one of Link's mad affairs Christopher is attacked by Enten, a former lover. She drags him into the bathroom and removes her clothing, inviting Christopher to do the same. He declines the offer
and goes home, stopping off to visit O'Hara. Though he likes her, Christopher tries to explain to his neighbor that their relationship should stay at some emotional distance. Naturally, the two are soon in bed. Christmas comes, and Christopher brings O'Hara to his parents' suburban home in
Connecticut. His mother catches the young couple in bed, and after a fight at a Christmas party, Christopher and O'Hara return to New York. Christopher finds himself becoming quite confused; he really is attached to O'Hara but isn't ready for marriage. Then he discovers O'Hara in bed with Walden
one night. Overcome with emotion, Christopher jumps in his cab and drives aimlessly, eventually directing the car into a river. Rescued and put into the hospital, he is visited by O'Hara. She claims to love him and wants another chance. But Christopher will have none of this. When the time is
right he sneaks out of the hospital and heads for Des Moines, Iowa, where he intends to take up truck driving.
This is one of those lovable "arrested adolescence" films, told in a stagy, pseudo-hip style. Its aimless plot occasionally shows moments of cleverness, but mostly the film suffers from pretentiousness. Christopher does a fair job with his role, but he's hardly an attractive character, leaving the
audience with next to no one with whom to sympathize. The characters lean heavily toward caricature, but O'Hara manages to convey some sincerity as the girl friend. SIDELONG GLANCES doesn't know what it wants to say or how to say it, but it tries very hard to say something. After the film's
initial release, MGM sold the rights to the movie to Plaza Pictures, which shortened both the title and the running time (to PIGEONS and 87 minutes, respectively). Songs include "Freedom Song" and "Faces of You" (sung by Warren Marley; performed by Gasmask and Great Jones).
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